Re: [OPE-L] Unequal Exchange "without recourse to the notion of 'value'"?

From: Alejandro Valle Baeza (valle@SERVIDOR.UNAM.MX)
Date: Sun Dec 31 2006 - 20:47:10 EST

Paul Cockshott wrote:

> I have been having to cite Alexandros work on the importance to taking
> productivity into account in the debates on the solidarity program
> when related to the world trade organization. Some members line up
> with the Oxfam, NGO line of favouring the small producers in Latin
> America and attributing their decline to US agricultural subsidies,
> ignoring productivity effects.
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> From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Alejandro
> Valle Baeza
> Sent: 25 December 2006 01:33
> Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Unequal Exchange "without recourse to the notion
> of 'value'"?
> Paul, thank you for this. You are right, I used myself Oxfam's
> propositions as examples of good feelings without substance.
> Impoverishment of  some farmers in poor countries is not caused only
> by subsidies to agribusiness but for Law of value at world scale also.
> If national productivity is lower than international productivity it
> implies that labor spent in such merchandise is not full recognized
> and then "undervalued". It is not  unequal exchange but normal
> operation of capitalism.  Oxfam as many other NGO criticized  some
> defects of capitalism  without criticized capitalism itself.


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